Endorsements

Business leaders praise Finding Allies, Building Alliances as a roadmap for effective collaborations

I’ve seen first-hand how collaboration is crucial to success–not only within an organization, but between multiple organizations. In Finding Allies, Building Alliances, Leavitt and McKeown provide a clear, simple roadmap for how to approach collaboration and the necessary elements for groups and people working together to succeed.

 –Eric Schmidt, chairman, Google

Highly collaborative teams with a common challenge, committed leadership, and a clearly defined purpose are essential to creating solutions in an increasingly chaotic world. Governor Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown have led, facilitated, and participated in many successful collaborations–and a few less-than-successful ones–and have written a clear, concise roadmap to building the best. Finding Allies, Building Alliances is for anyone who wants to be successful in today’s complex, connected global economy. 

–George Halvorson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente

As companies globalize, reaching across national, cultural, and technological borders, Governor Leavitt and Rich McKeown have developed a realistic and applicable blueprint for building and harnessing the value of collaborative alliances. As Walgreens itself establishes a global pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise, Finding Allies, Building Alliances could not be more timely–or eye-opening.

–Gregory D. Wasson, president and CEO, Walgreen Co.

In today’s highly matrixed organizations, the only way to drive transformative change is to build the right alliances, both internally and externally. In Finding Allies, Building Alliances, Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown show you how to make it happen. 

–Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO, and president, Aetna

In our increasingly interconnected world, organizations face a growing number of challenges–disruptive technologies, regulatory reform, environmental issues–they cannot tackle in isolation. In Finding Allies, Building Alliances, Leavitt and McKeown advocate for formal, process-driven collaborations between organizations facing collective problems, explicitly designed to achieve an outcome with value for each of them. Great collaborations cannot be undertaken casually–they require effort, leadership, structure, process, and commitment. Finding Allies, Building Alliances offers a unique and practical approach to  co-opetition (cooperative competition) in the 21st century. 

–Craig Mundie, senior advisor to the CEO, Microsoft Corporation

Political leaders applaud Finding Allies, Building Alliances for its realistic approach to solve shared problems

I wish all our leaders in and out of Washington would read Finding Allies, Building Alliances. Leading is a team sport and Governor Leavitt and McKeown are masters at telling us how to do it. 

–Donna E. Shalala, president, University of Miami,
former secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Given their remarkable success as leaders in both business and government, Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown have written the ultimate how-to on collaborative leading in business, government, and virtually any organization. In these transformational times, when organizational challenges have never been greater, bringing and keeping people together has never been more critical. The eight elements described in Finding Allies, Building Alliances create a playbook for success for every reader. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. 

–Senator Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

I observed firsthand Mike Leavitt’s skill at bringing people together and building coalitions in government, politics, and international affairs. Finding Allies, Building Alliances explains how successful managers cooperate to achieve goals and get things done in an environment brimming with complexity, uncertainty, and a multiplicity of actors. 

–Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group,
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, US Trade Representative

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mike Leavitt and Rich McKeown and see first-hand their skills as problem solvers that made them so effective at finding solutions on the ground in China. Through vivid examples here, they lay out how to get individuals with seemingly competing interests to work together towards solving a shared problem. 

–Henry M. Paulson, Jr., chairman, The Paulson Institute,
former secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury

Educational leaders laud the practical steps offered in Finding Allies, Building Alliances

In Finding Allies, Building Alliances, Leavitt and McKeown lay out practical steps any leader can follow to convene collaborators, gain consensus, and craft lasting solutions. Here is the recipe for any organization to solve problems more efficiently. 

–Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president, Institute of Medicine

Having worked closely with Governor Leavitt and Rich McKeown to create Western Governors University, I can testify that they are masters at bringing together diverse interests into powerful alliances. Finding Allies, Building Alliances will benefit anyone in business or non-profit leadership, since the right alliances with the right partners are a key to success. 

–Robert W. Mendenhall, Ph.D., president,
Western Governors University

 

One Response to “Endorsements”

  1. Chad SW Harris, Ph.D.
    April 7, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I never walked out of a meeting with Gov. Leavitt thinking or feeling, “That was a bit shady.” His level of honesty and willingness to hold to his values was a great example as I learned the ins and outs of the state legislature and working with state and local leaders.

    This book is a tremendous asset to anyone’s ‘toolbox’ of working with competing interests. What a rich, detailed and authentic approach to social group theory. The power in his approach has proven out time and again in education endeavors.

    Gov. Leavitt, Rich, thank you for your insights and patience while I was learning.

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